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La Golmotte

This farm-style inn is well worth the 3km trek up the main road towards Col de Guéry. Regional classics like cheesy truffade and pounti (a prune-studded savoury cake) are offered beneath its wooden rafters, but so a…
Deli in Le Mont-Dore

La Petite Boutique du Bougnat

The biggest lure of this impressive delicatessen is its mind-boggling array of saucissons d'Auvergne, local dried sausage in incarnations from duck to kangaroo and flavours as varied as forest berry and goat's chees…
Teahouse in Le Mont-Dore

La Tasse Carrée

Fluffy toy heads are mounted on the walls of this welcoming salon de thé in a cutesy send-up of a hunting lodge. Choose a tea blend to suit your personality – l'Intrépide, perhaps, or l'Enigmatique – and agonise ove…
Historic Building in Le Mont-Dore

Thermes du Mont-Dore

Le Mont-Dore's graceful 19th-century buildings grew from its centuries-old spa heritage, which long predates its reputation as a ski hub. See the source of its hot springs on a 45-minute guided tour of the grand bat…
French in Le Mont-Dore

Chez Pépé Jean

Hearty and wholesome dishes receive elegant presentation in this self-styled 'bistrovergnat' – that is, a restaurant with the simplicity of a bistro but a cosiness (and cheese selection) that is unmistakeably Auverg…
Cafe in Le Mont-Dore

Café de Paris

Authentically retro with its mosaic floor, faded jazz posters and chipped stained glass, this Parisian-style throwback gets busy with locals gossiping over espresso at the counter or settling in for unadorned dishes…